The Kung Fu Family – Responsibilities

The Chinese Kung Fu family is often perceived wrong in the West. Kung Fu is a Chinese word for everything that has to do with Qi Gong, Taiji, Kung Fu, Liang Yi, Nei Gong, the whole fight and healing art. The Kung Fu Family is about teamwork within a lineage and can also be called family tradition.

New students do not automatically belong to the Kung Fu family, but must earn their place. Often, foreigners are wrongly assuming that they are immediately members of the Kung Fu family.

(In the following text I refer to the “male” version for simplicity reasons, everything of course also applies to the “female” version.)

Where do you start?

No matter how good the abilities are, everyone starts at the bottom. If you arrange the group you are automatically the “Youngest Kung Fu brother” (regardless of age). Normally the youngest is immediately trained by the oldest or one of the oldest Kung Fu brothers. Older Kung Fu brothers are students who already have the majority of the teachings and have been around for quite some time.

Typical tasks and demands on the youngest Kung Fu brother:

  • Cleaning and household.
  • Sponge principle -> Do what the older say and ask little questions.
  • Eat a lot and take what you get.

Tasks and demands on the younger Kung Fu brothers:

  • Cohesion, mutual support.
  • The weakest in the group is to be the strongest with the help of his comrades.
  • No fear of extra tasks and extra work from the older Kung Fu brothers.
  • Well-groomed appearance and clean clothes.

Tasks and demands of the older Kung Fu brothers:

  • Are the role models of the group and keep the motivation upright.
  • Set new standards in training intensity.
  • Complete additional tasks and extra work from the oldest Kung Fu brother twice as fast.
  • Increased respect for the Master.
  • Very well-groomed appearance and clean clothes.

Duties of the oldest Kung Fu brother:

  • Has the command and responsibility of all his Kung Fu brothers in the absence of the master.
  • Maintains the discipline and training efficiency.
  • Detects problems in the group and tries to solve them.
  • Get additional tasks from the Master and have to do this yourself.
  • Increased respect for the Master.
  • Very well-groomed appearance and clean clothes.
  • The elder has the greatest responsibility and keeps practically the head for the group.

Important principles of the Chinese family tradition:

  • The group is only as strong as the weakest limb.
  • Joy, fun, inspiration as well as anger and problems should be shared with his comrades.
  • Everyone should be willing to help with something for the group.

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